​About EMMC Cancer Care

EMMC_Cancer_Care_0.jpgEastern Maine Medical Center's Cancer Care combines the expertise of hematology, medical and radiation oncology physicians; along with specialized staff delivering state of the art, high quality compassionate care. Cancer Care provides consultation and treatment for malignant diseases and blood disorders, all under one roof. Experts work closely together to plan the best possible care and support for each patient. EMMC Cancer Care means one-stop scheduling, streamlined, efficient and sensitive service. Cancer Care is pleased to offer advanced treatment options close to home for people in our communities.

Physicians direct all care. Medical Oncologists are physicians with specialized training in the use of medicines to treat malignancies (cancer). Many of our Medical Oncologists are also Hematologists. They have received specialized training in the management of blood disorders. Radiation Oncologists are physicians specially trained in the use of radiation therapy to treat cancer and non-malignant conditions. Our Pediatric Oncologists are trained in care of newborns to young adults (up to age 25) facing malignancies or blood disorders.

Treatment for cancer may include medicines, radiation or both. You can be assured that whatever your needs, or those of a loved one, the best possible care is provided. Eastern Maine Medical Center's cancer program is accredited through the American College of Surgeons - Commission on Cancer as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program. Our physicians play a leading role in ensuring local and regional availability of comprehensive cancer care – risk education, screening, curative, palliative, and hospice care. Treatments address a broad range of cancer diagnoses from the most common - breast, colon-rectal, lung, lymphoma, and prostate to the more rare - acute leukemia, malignant brain tumors, pancreatic, and everything in between. Treatments offered include medicines - chemotherapy, hormones, biologics given in outpatient, inpatient, and home settings; radiation therapy - 3-D external beam, intensity modulated (IMRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) , high-dose rate brachytherapy (HDR), and low-dose rate brachytherapy (seed implant) administered in outpatient (adult or pediatric focused) and inpatient settings.

Our physicians are committed to offering current state-of-the-art care. They utilize national guidelines to inform their practice such as the National Comprehensive Cancer Network - NCCN. Our physicians encourage participation in clinical trials; in fact at diagnosis each person's care needs are reviewed for possible eligibility by Cancer Care's Clinical Research Program staff. If you have questions about the possibility of participating in a clinical trial, please ask.

Our hematologists work in conjunction with primary care providers to give consultation for people with unexpected variation in blood counts. When a blood disorder such as anemia, hemophilia, von Willenbrand's, ITP, or a myelodysplastic syndrome, our hematologists provide ongoing care. Our radiation oncologists work with cardiologists in the treatment of coronary artery disease using intravascular brachytherapy; and with surgeons in the management of hip replacement using external beam therapy.

Service is available to help individuals manage cancer risk. Both medical and genetic cancer risk assessments are offered. When appropriate recommendations for chemo-prevention are offered a referral for genetic testing is made.

Accessing services at Cancer Care is simple. Have your physician contact us at 207-973-7478. We'll want to know your past medical history, the reason for the referral, and what work up you've had done so far. You'll need to give your physician's office permission to share your information with us. Once we have all of your information, we work with your physician's office to set up an appointment with the right provider. In turn, your physician's office will call you with an appointment. Sometimes our physicians ask that additional tests or studies be completed prior to the visit. When needed, your physician's office will help you set up those services ahead of your visit at Cancer Care.

If you would like information about our services before having your physician call,
please contact us at 207-973-7478 or 1-800-987-3005 (in Maine).

Our facility is located in the beautiful Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer. Care begins at the front door with the broad smile and welcome of our courtesy staff. The lobby is a comforting place with a warm fireplace and comfy chairs. The coffeepot is always on. Patients receiving infusion treatments are invited to have family members or friends join them in either private or shared sunlit space. Those receiving radiation therapy have access to one of three linear accelerators and a state of the art CT simulator for treatment planning.

The staff consists of highly trained, skilled, specialized professionals, including nurses – many of whom are certified in oncology care – pharmacists, radiation therapists, physicists, nutritionists, clergy, social workers, and patient advocates. Each play a unique and important role is ensuring that our patients receive prompt, high quality care.

Our service accounts representatives are able to answer questions regarding resources – transportation, lodging, and financial concerns – understanding how insurance works, cost of care, prior authorizations and reimbursement, and medication and financial assistance programs. At Eastern Maine Medical Center, care is provided without regard to ability to pay. Through a joint program with the American Cancer Society, we have Resource Corner Volunteers onsite to help you locate information related to a cancer diagnosis, care, and community resources. Support and education programs are offered as well.

View our 2017 Report on Cancer.